Oct 25 2011

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Change.Org Claims Child Sex Workers On BackPage.com

Everything is on Backpage.com. It's disgusting.

Village Voice Owns Backpage.com

I received a communication from Change.org alleging that Backpage.com, owned by The Village Voice is being used as a platform for child sex trafficking and that they have done “close to nothing to stop it.”

For those of you who don’t know Backpage.com became the goto site for prostitution and used refrigerators after Craigslist censored their adult section.

Brothels exist all over Queens. While some consider prostitution a ‘victimless’ crime, Queens Politics remains outraged by the thought of innocent children being trafficked in our borough.

Taking down the site will not end child prostitution rings but it’s a good start.

Backpage is far from the only seedy classified section, a Google search will reveal thousands of adult classifieds. However, Craigslist Sex is what scares the public, and it’s become the focus of politicians including the Attorney General. However, after Craigslist censored itself, Backpage.com became the premier site for dirty old men looking for a rub-n-tug or a table shower, or according to Change.org, a child prostitute.

A Disturbing Trend
From Change.org

Earlier this week a Georgia man was arrested for pimping two 17-year-old girls around the Nashville area. Detectives responded to a suspicious ad on Backpage and drove to a motel. There, they found the teens and their 37-year-old pimp, as well as a laptop computer, likely used to post the online advertising. Just four days prior to that, four people in Denver were arrested for forcing a teen girl into prostitution. They also advertised her sexual services, including semi-nude pictures, on Backpage. And last year, a South Dakota couple was arrested for selling underage girls for sex on …. wait for it … Backpage.com yet again.

Sorry Village Voice, but it looks like child sex trafficking on one of your websites is a disturbing trend.

Here’s the letter,

Dear Adam,

By the time Norman Barnes was picked up by Massachusetts state troopers, he had made $19,000 forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with up to 8 men a day for 10 days.

He couldn’t have done it without Backpage.com, a classified website owned by Village Voice Media.

Backpage.com is reported to be the nation’s #1 online platform for advertising sex with minors.  A recent letter from 51 Attorneys General to Village Voice Media’s lawyers cites over 50 cases (in 22 states) of trafficking or attempted trafficking of minors for sex using the site.  Although such use violates Backpage.com’s terms of service, the site continually fails to identify and remove ads selling sex with children.

Driven by the universal moral imperative to end child sex trafficking, a new multifaith action network called Groundswell has started a petition on Change.org.

Sign Groundswell’s petition now to shut down the adult services section of Backpage.com — the only effective way to end child sex trafficking on the site.

Village Voice Media executives are fully aware that their site is used as a platform for child sex trafficking, but have done close to nothing to stop it.

Instead, after executives were confronted by the Attorneys General, the Village Voice ran a shocking cover story ‘expose’ that smeared hard-working advocacy groups by presenting sensationally low (and poorly researched) statistics on child sex trafficking.

What the story didn’t mention is that Village Voice Media earns $22.7 million a year from its adult services ads on Backpage.com, which it may have to shut down completely (like Craigslist did last year after hearing from 10,000 Change.org members) to effectively prevent the site from being used as a platform for selling sex with children.

All Village Voice Media has done so far is throw up a smokescreen to try and hide how they’re providing a platform child sex trafficking on Backpage.com. Let Village Voice Media executives know that they can’t hide their complicity. Sign Groundswell’s petition to end child sex trafficking on Backpage.com now:

Don't ever click this.

Sign the petition. Save the children. 

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